The uncertainty pertaining to the general election is making not only politicians and political observers restless, but in general, Malaysian from all walk of life too.
Public servants have to wait out the election to know who the next government and Minister will be before implementing their planned programs. New brooms have a tendency to tamper or change their plans.
The election is often used as excuse to postphone Minister's preferred program that they are reluctant to do.
These delays are not good for the public and economy. At times, programs beneficial for the public is delayed to await political developments. This got to stop.
Programs that help to reduce accident like the Automated Enforcement System (AES) should not be delayed. In the first place, process of governing should continue election or not till they end their office. The last the government should do is succumb to pressure purely on political reasons.
The AES involved installing a total 831 cameras to be deployed in phases in black spot areas identified by MIROS (Malaysian Institute of Road Safety). For any offense, summons will be issued by the Road Transport Department (RTD) after all relevant information of the identified offenders compiled.
This project does not cost the government and for all likelihood, it could be one of those requiment RTD needed but no budget could be allocated. Thus, privatisation is one way of acquiring asset to assist public servant to carryout their job with ease and speed.
The cost of installing the system will be borne by two private companies, ATES Sdn. Sdn Bhd and Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd. The companies will collect RM16 for every summon issued.
If the public stop committing offense, the companies makes no money and will not get any return from their investment. There should be no revenue or profit guarantee. That way any return is justified with the risk and investment the companies had taken and put in.
The arguments used against AES are that it is a way to take peoples' money, burden for the people, and various claimed shortcomings. Based on that, they demand AES be postphoned.
One reason not mention is politics and election. But one can assume so when it is mentioned privately that AES will make government unpopular.
In the first place, AES is not taking people's money but from the summon for offense. The summon is not issued or determined by AES but by the RTD and there are rules and law determining the amount of summon. Whether there is an AES system in place or not, offenders should be paying the same amount of summon.
If there is any excess profiteering or improper procedures in awarding the two companies, it could be an issue. Otherwise, those arguments have no basis.
|Accidents are burden and nuisance to other road users|
As far as the excuse of burden to the people, it is a political cliche. Not all the people is being so-called burdened but only those breaking speed limit and running the red lights.
When they get into an accident for speeding or running the traffic light, these offenders become a burden and nuisance to others.
On average, 18 people die daily due to accident. Social and economic costs incurred by the government to manage the road accidents was calculated to reach as high as RM9 bilion a year.
AES is implemented to reduce road accidents and focuses on two violations; namely speeding and red light. MIROS studies found both violations are the highest contributor to accidents. AES is to address to reduce accidents related to this two violations.
One fellow blogger RBF here offered past RTD statements on death statistics to dispute MIROS claim. It is fair argument but the reply is simple. Statistics related to death differs from statistics related to accident.
He goes on to speculate that the two companies will be driven for profit that it will ignore offenses made by pillion riders and focus on going for high traffic highways. That is not a fair statement.
It infers that there is negligence by RTD and collusion between RTD, MIROS and AES providers. AES provider do not determine the location but MIROS. remember?
Furthermore, it is inappropriate to make accusation before any offense is committed. Potential such issue of operational nature can be preempted with proper procedures, monitoring and alw enforcement.
AES will capture images of all offending vehicles including motorcycles at a certain determined spot. RTD has basis to perform a certain speed limit in certain areas.
Certain existing road infrastructure will result in a crash if the specified speed limit is not adhered to. So far, data and findings shows that cases of violations reduced in areas, where there is an AES camera installed.
|Education is an overused excuse. Enforce the law diligently.|
The argument for education over punishment has been overused for too long. Malaysian road users are sent for more extensive classes than any other countries. Our heavy fines should have been a deterrent.
So there is no other choice than to enforce the law diligently. Traffic rules and law is there to be complied with. If one had broken the speed limit or traffic lights and proven in court, as with other offenses, one have to face the consequences.
If rules and laws are meant to be broken, the country will turn chaotic without order. In a matter of time should it be allowed to prolong, the country will be ruined.
Accident can be detrimental to the safety and life of all road users. Thus, there should not be any compromise or excuse. The same argument one often hear on matters relating to crimes and violent unruly demonstrations should apply to traffic violations. All affect peoples' life.
It is better to regret before than latter. Another cliche almost everyone knows is prevention is better than cure.
It doesn't matter who raised the issue against AES. Ponder this also, is it responsible politics by our politicians to protect law offenders for the sake of being popular and gain votes?
Election or not, governing must go on. Law and order must be maintained. No buts!